Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter

Pro Bono Program Student Newsletter: Monday, September 5, 2011

About the Pro Bono Newsletter

The Office of Public Service Programs is here to serve students who are pursuing a career in public interest law and provide opportunities for all students to engage in the School of Law's tradition of public service. Look out for the Public Service Newsletter each Monday for information about public service career opportunities, events, resources, news, and more. View past newsletters.

Events at UNC Law

CPILO General Interest Meeting

Tuesday, September 6, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., 4085

Come learn about CPILO, Carolina Public Interest Law Organization, and how to get involved this year.

Welcome Back Ice Cream Social with Career Services

Wednesday, September 7, 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Rotunda

Stop by the Rotunda to make yourself an ice cream sundae and meet or get reacquainted with the Career Services Office staff!

Other Public Interest Events

Jobs with Justice Interest Meeting

Thursday, September 15, 7:00 p.m., Raleigh YWCA, 554 E. Hargett Street

Join other interested individual at an interest meeting about Jobs for Justice, a national coalition of labor unions and religious, civil rights, women's, student, farm, immigrants' rights, and community organizations working together at the local level to defend and expand the rights of working people. JwJ has mobilized thousands to address of host of issues including corporate greed, the right to organize and bargain collectively, globalization, living wage legislation, and the right to family-supporting full time jobs.

Currently there are 47 coalitions in 26 states and organizers are hoping to create North Carolina Jobs for Justice. Erica Smiley, the Southern Regional Field Director of Jobs with Justice and members of Triad Jobs with Justice will be there to talk about the organization. For more information, contact Nick Wood at 919.616.0889 or

NC NAACP CLE: Education, Expectations, and Incarceration: A Look at How Resegregation, High-Stakes Testing, and the School-to-Prison Pipeline Marginalize our Children

Wednesday, October 12, 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., High Point, NC

The NC NAACP will host the Fifth Annual Romallus O. Murphy CLE in High Point, NC this fall. Four hours of CLE have been requested from the North Carolina State Bar. Registration and lunch will be from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and the CLE will last from 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information, call NC NAACP at 1.866.NC.NAACP.

Other Public Interest Opportunities

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Apply for the Pollitt Fellowship at the ACLU in Raleigh!

This fellowship was established in 1992 to honor the work of retired UNC Law Professor Dan Pollitt. Professor Pollitt was a long time board member of the North Carolina ACLU and is an ardent member of the civil rights movement. This fellowship provides a UNC law student with an opportunity to work for social and economic justice in North Carolina.  Each year one 2L or 3L Carolina Law student receives the Daniel Pollitt school year fellowship that allows the student to work at the ACLU in Raleigh approximately 10-12 hours per week each semester. The exact schedule is worked out between the recipient and the Executive Director of the ACLU; some work may be done remotely. The recipient will be paid $1,500 (minus taxes) per semester. If interested, please submit your resume, transcript, cover letter, and a short writing sample (in hard copy or by email) to Sylvia Novinsky, Assistant Dean for Public Service Programs by this Friday, September 9. A small pool of applicants will be submitted to the ACLU which will make the final decision on the recipient. The main criteria upon which Fellowship selection is based are interest in civil rights and a demonstrated commitment to social justice. Top half of the class is preferred. Address cover letters to: Katherine Lewis Parker, ACLU of North Carolina, P.O. Box 28004, Raleigh, NC 27611. Contact Dean Novinsky if you have any questions.

Post-Graduate Employment Opportunities


Check Symplicity frequently for new Job Bank postings and OCI offerings!

Fellowships, Fellowships, Fellowships!

Many fellowship applications have opened. For detailed information on the various fellowship opportunities available nationwide, check out the Guide to Postgraduate Legal Fellowship Programs. Many fellowships and their deadlines are listed in the Job Bank on Symplicity as well. Interested students should meet with Dean Novinsky or another counselor in the Career Services Office.

Current Pro Bono Opportunities

Current Pro Bono Projects

Projects are posted on the Pro Bono Board near the mailboxes and are listed online at Students can sign up for projects on the Pro Bono Board or email

Upcoming Pro Bono Events

Pro Bono Food Truck Rodeo

Thursday, September 8, 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Clinic Parking Lot

Take a study break, get some good eats, and help raise money for the Fall, Winter, and Spring Break pro bono trips!

Divorce Pro Bono Project Info Session

Tuesday, September 13, 12:00 p.m. to 12:50 p.m., 4004

Join coordinators of the Divorce Pro Bono Project to learn more about this pro bono opportunity! Training will be on the evening of Thursday, September 22 and client meetings will take place on Monday, September 26. For more information, contact

Public Service Resources

Student Loan Report from Heather Jarvis

Looking for the scoop on student loans? Look no further. Student loan expert Heather Jarvis provides resources, trainings, and student loan news. Here are some highlights offered on her website:

  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness webinars on September 7 and October 6 - more info here
  • Blog about all things student loans
  • Loads of information about the ins and outs of public service loan forgiveness, income-based repayment, loan repayment assistance information, the laws relating to public service forgiveness, research on student loan debt and more.

Federal Legal Employment Opportunities Guide Now Available!

Published by PSLawNet, the 2011-2012 Federal Legal Employment Opportunities Guide has everything you need to navigate the process of applying for and securing legal jobs on the federal level. Where are the opportunities: Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission, Department of Homeland Security, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Department of the Treasury, Department of Defense and more! Read the guide.

PSLawNet Blog

Pop on over to the PSLawNet blog for weekly public interest news bulletins, job updates and tips for students and alums on careers in the public interest sector!

To add items or provide feedback, please contact Sylvia Novinsky, Assistant Dean for Public Service Programs, or Mary Irvine, Public Service Fellow.

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